After the Test high, India tasted a 34-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the first One-Day International (ODI) on Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Chasing a 289-run target, India could muster only 254/9 despite Rohit Sharma’s 133.
India’s chase started in the worst possible manner, losing the top three – Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu – inside the first four over.
But a 137-run fourth-wicket stand between Rohit and Mahendra Singh Dhoni resurrected the innings, only to see yet another collapse once the former captain was trapped in front in the 33rd over by the debutant Jason Behrendorff.
Rohit hit his 22nd to keep the Indian hopes alive. He reached the mark with a double off the fifth ball of 40th over, bowled by Richardson. This was his seventh ton against Australia.
But his wicket in 46th over meant that India fell short by 34 runs.
Aussie captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts rode fifties from Usman Khawaja (59), Shaun Marsh (54) and Peter Handscomb (73) to post 288/5 in their allotted fifty overs.
Bhubneshwar Kumar (2/66) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/54) took two wickets each, while Ravindra Jadeja claimed one.